Arsenal are keeping tabs on Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin as manager Mikel Arteta looks to complete a summer overhaul at the Emirates Stadium.
Initially, as reported by football.london last month, the Gunners had aspirations to add five new faces to the squad this summer, strengthening their options in goal, at right-back, left-back, central-midfield and central attacking-midfield. But considering that the club is highly interested in signing Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Ben White and reportedly keeping a watchful eye on Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva, it would suggest that Arteta’s optimism of transforming his squad has grown.
But whilst the Gunners have been closely linked with Portugal international Silva in the last few days, fresh reports now say that Calvert-Lewin, currently on England duty at Euro 2020, is an option that they are keeping in mind.
Earlier this month, following Carlo Ancelotti’s shock exit from Everton to return to Real Madrid, Calvert-Lewin was quizzed about his future at Goodison Park and what has ambitions for the future are.
Although he admitted that he was happy on Merseyside, he did admit that he has the ambition to one day play in the UEFA Champions League.
Calvert-Lewin told: L’Equipe: “I am happy at Everton.
“I worked hard to become number nine at this club and score goals like I did recently. Personally, I have the ambition to one day play in the Champions League and win titles.
“But for now, I’m happy at Everton.”
Considering that the Gunners will not be playing Champions League football this forthcoming season, it could make their aspirations of signing the 24-year-old a whole lot harder.
But with them showing a willingness this summer to spend big money and add big-name players to the squad in an attempt to rediscover their competitive nature, Calvert-Lewin could be tempted if the Gunners were to launch a bid for his services.
The Gunners’ goal is to soon get back competing towards the top of the Premier League table and challenging for the top four, meaning if they were to work towards that in 2021/22, the following season could see Champions League football return to the Emirates Stadium.
The 2020/21 campaign proved to be a successful one for the Everton striker as he scored 21 goals in all competitions in 39 appearances.